2,000-year-old seed set to bear
fruit... Prophecy in the Headlines “And he told them a parable:
“Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. As soon as they come out
in leaf, you see for yourselves and know that the summer is already
near.”” Luke 21:29-30
A 2,000-year-old date seed discovered
at Masada four decades ago may provide new cures to numerous
ailments, Israeli scientists say, after making significant advances,
against all odds, in producing fruit from the seed. ...the Date
Palm...that symbolized the tree that nurtured the Jews in the
promised land of "milk and honey", the land of Canaan, that
became ancient Israel. Now those ancient seeds of the Date Palm have
been resurrected to sprout and grow as Israel did, a land that also
lay dormant for 2000 years. Israel has also been Resurrected.
Having been germinated, astoundingly,
by an Israeli team in 2005, and kept alive since, the "Judean
date" sapling flowered in 2011 and it was determined to be male.
It will be crossbred with other species of dates to produce fruit.
It appears likely (but not certain) to yield a now-extinct species of
date that was renowned in ancient times as a treatment for heart
disease, chest problems, the spitting of blood, weakened memory and
other medical conditions, possibly even symptoms of cancer and
"The plant's current location is
being kept secret because of its great scientific and financial
value. It could produce fruit at the age of seven years, according to
Dr. Sarah Sallon, a physician and director of Hadassah University
Medical Center's Louis Borick Natural Medicine Research Center (NMRC)
in Jerusalem's Ein Kerem. " JPOST 6/14/2008
The date palm in Israels history was
considered the staple in the Judean desert, it was source of food,
shelter, and shade for thousands of years. It became the recognized
symbol of the kingdom of Judea. It grew in the area around the Dead
Sea and Galilee. The fruit caused Jericho (The City of Palms) to
become a major population center and is praised in the Bible.
Psalm 92:12-14 The righteous
flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They
are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of
our God. They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap
Roman Coin celebrating the capture of Judea showing a date palm
Judean date palms were known as "trees
of life" for their many medicinal uses. Their fruit was believed
to treat aliments ranging from heart problems, TB, and chest
infections to stomach problems, constipation and worms.
Revelation 2:7 'He who has an ear,
let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who
overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the
Paradise of God.'
Palm branches were the conventional
symbol of public approval and welcome by eastern people to conquering
heroes, and were strewn and carried in triumphal processions.
Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem when the people strew palm
branches in His path and greeted Him with Hosannas.
John 12: 12-13 The next day the
large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to
Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet
him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of
the Lord, even the King of Israel!”
And again in Revelation 7:9-10 After
this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could
number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages,
standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white
robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud
voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to
Tamar was the
Hebrew name given to palm trees in Genesis and was often used to
describe a beautiful woman. Gen 38:6 And Judah took a wife for Er
his firstborn, and her name was Tamar. Tamar later had a child
by Judah. Tamar appears in the genealogy of Jesus.
The palm tree was
one of the trees mentioned for use in the Feast of Tabernacles that
could be used for building a booth.
Leviticus 23:40 And you shall take
on the first day the fruit of splendid trees, branches of palm trees
and boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook, and you shall
rejoice before the Lord your God seven days.
Palm Trees were
carved into Solomon's Temple as well as the temple in Ezekiel.
1 Kings 6: 29-36 Around all the
walls of the house he carved engraved figures of cherubim and palm
trees and open flowers, in the inner and outer rooms. The floor of
the house he overlaid with gold in the inner and outer rooms.
For the entrance to the inner
sanctuary he made doors of olivewood; the lintel and the doorposts
were five-sided. He covered the two doors of olivewood with carvings
of cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers. He overlaid them with gold
and spread gold on the cherubim and on the palm trees.
So also he made for the entrance to
the nave doorposts of olivewood, in the form of a square, and two
doors of cypress wood. The two leaves of the one door were folding,
and the two leaves of the other door were folding. On them he carved
cherubim and palm trees and open flowers, and he overlaid them with
gold evenly applied on the carved work. He built the inner court
with three courses of cut stone and one course of cedar beams.
Ezekiel 41 18-20 It was carved of
cherubim and palm trees, a palm tree between cherub and cherub. Every
cherub had two faces: a human face toward the palm tree on the one
side, and the face of a young lion toward the palm tree on the other
side. They were carved on the whole temple all around. From the
floor to above the door, cherubim and palm trees were carved;
similarly the wall of the nave.
And the date palm is not condidered
special only among the Jews. The palm tree was considered holy in
Babylon and later was sacred to the Greek god Apollo. The Greeks were
reported to have carved their magnificent fluted columns of marble to
memorialize the shape of the trunk of a palm tree.